What I love about yoga is how practical it is. The first step on a yoga journey is getting your body healthy. Obviously this means exercising, but it also means eating food that helps your body function at its best. Really, it's just common sense. In today's world we always need hard evidence. A recent global study (see below) acknowledges that a bad diet is the biggest killer in the world.
The analysis, in the Lancet, found that our daily diet is a bigger killer than smoking and is now involved in one in five deaths around the world.
Salt - whether in bread, soy sauce or processed meals - shortened the highest number of lives.
Researchers say this study is not about obesity, but "poor quality" diets damaging hearts and causing cancer. (BBC news).
Yogis don't need a global study, they know this from their ancient texts. Just look at what it says in the Taittiriya Upanishad:
'Food is the most important of all things
For the body; therefore it is the best
Medicine for all the body's ailments.'
Practising yoga regularly and diligently leads you to appreciate healthy, natural food that is your body's premium fuel.
Caroline practises and teaches yoga in Glasgow Scotland and runs The Publishing Cupboard. She is the creator of the Nod off Series (where yoga meets grammar learning). If you want to get to grips with French, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese grammar, in a pain-free yogic way, visit www.nodoff.co.uk
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